October 17: Ryedale fracking debate generates heat – but no real alternatives

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From: Paul Morgan, Barton-Upon-Humber.

ONCE again your letters page is full of correspondents’ views on fracking (The Yorkshire Post, October 13), all generating much smoke and heat, but no light. At least Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake went, at his own expense, to get first-hand experience of fracking.

Personally I’m still undecided on the merits or otherwise of fracking, but what I do know is that any form of energy generation has environmental impacts, and, that so far, no-one has come forward with a creditable alternative form of energy generation in the quantities needed for today’s society, without using fossil fuels, apart from nuclear. Until that conundrum is resolved, fossil fuels will continue to be used regardless of protests. Unless, of course, all the hot air generated on the subject can be utilised.

I do detect some double standards amongst the anti-fracking protesters, for example complaining about 37m high fracking rigs, while supporting 100m high wind turbines, or turning up to protests in diesel vehicles.

I am old enough to remember the ozone layer scare from about 30 years ago. The environmental lobby was predicting Armageddon then, but, so far, we’re all still here, and so is the ozone layer. I’m afraid I trust neither side of the argument on fracking to give me creditable information.

From: Anne Stewart, Helmsley.

I WRITE with regard to your poll about fracking (The Yorkshire Post, October 10). The question options were somewhat difficult. I don’t want a five-year moratorium, I want a complete ban here in Ryedale, here in Yorkshire and here in the UK.

From: David Cragg-James, Stonegrave, York.

KEVIN Hollinrake’s bravery is exemplary. In seeking to present the Government’s drive for gas as a rational, well-considered and well-regulated means of addressing energy needs, he runs foul of the better-informed people of Ryedale, some of whom fresh from a briefing session at Kirby Misperton, conducted by Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith, senior advisor at the Australian National Toxics Network.

Dr Lloyd-Smith left us in no doubt that were it only for health considerations, fracking should on no account go ahead. The risk is from the proliferation of wells, inevitable if one well is “successfully” (?) fracked.

Our planners carry a heavy responsibility. Let us hope they consider all the evidence.